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Hurricane Zeta lashes Mexico’s Yucatan with heavy rain and strong winds after making landfall

Zeta struck the Yucatán Peninsula north of Tulum, Mexico, shortly after midnight as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The area is being pummeled by strong winds and heavy rains, and the storm is expected to bring storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tides, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Punta Allen to Progreso, Mexico, and Cozumel.

Zeta is forecast to lose energy as it crosses the Yucatán, but it will likely remain a Category 1 as it moves across the Gulf Coast to make landfall between the Mississippi River Delta and Mobile, Alabama, Wednesday evening.

Preparations for the storm are underway in New Orleans, Louisiana, where voluntary evacuations have been issued for areas outside their levee system, including Irish Bayou, Venetian Isles, and Lake Catherine, starting Tuesday evening, a release from the City of New Orleans said.

The New Orleans metro area is bracing for tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding of four to six feet as a result of Hurricane Zeta, according to the city’s release.

Residents are being encouraged to gather emergency supplies, including food, water, and medications, for at least three days, and the City of New Orleans plans to provide sandbags to residents on Tuesday, the release said.

On Monday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency declaration ahead of Zeta’s arrival. More than 1,150 Louisiana National Guardsmen have been activated and have a variety of high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters pre-positioned for search and rescue efforts, the Governor said.

“We must roll up our sleeves, like we always do, and prepare for a potential impact to Louisiana,” said Edwards.

Zeta could set records

It has been a very active hurricane season, and it could be record setting for Louisiana. Zeta is forecast to reach the state at or near hurricane strength Wednesday — and if it does, it will set the record for most named storms in the state in one season.

“The good thing and a bad thing at the same time is, we’ve had a lot of practice this year,” Edwards said.

Zeta would be the fifth, following Cristobal, Laura, Marco, and Delta. Zeta would also bring Louisiana to tie with Florida in 2005 with the most landfalls in any state in one season.
“This storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Gulf Coast by midweek, meaning we have a few days to prepare. As we’ve seen this hurricane season, a tropical threat during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency is challenging, but something we can handle,” Edwards said in a tweet.

And the area is still reeling from back to back storms.

Hurricane Laura struck as the strongest storm in Louisiana since 1856 in late August. In Louisiana and Texas, the storm destroyed homes and structures in its path and killed at least 25 people. More than 8,000 Hurricane Laura evacuees were in shelters six weeks later when Delta struck, Edwards said.
Hurricane Delta left a trail of “hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife” across the state, Edwards tweeted at the time. The storm killed at least four people, spawned more than 10 tornado reports from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas, and covered part of Louisiana in more than 17 inches of rain.

“Even if it wasn’t quite as powerful as Hurricane Laura, it was much bigger,” Edwards said of Delta. “Obviously, this was a very serious, very large and powerful storm that produced significant amounts of damage.”

CNN’s Haley Brink and Taylor Ward contributed to this report.

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Senkaku Islands: Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them

Speaking aboard a Japanese warship Monday, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of US Forces Japan, said the exercises would demonstrate the ability of the US-Japan alliance “to deliver combat troops to defend the Senkakus or respond to other crises or contingencies.”

Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, as their own, but Japan has administered them since 1972.

Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain, 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, have simmered for years, and with claims over them dating back centuries, neither Japan nor China is likely to back down.

Chinese vessels have been spending record amounts of time in the waters around the islands this year, drawing condemnation from Tokyo.

The US-Japan exercises, named Keen Sword 21, have been held biennially for more than 30 years. This year’s exercises run through to November 5.

The US commitment

The prospect of any Japan-China military face-off over disputed islands holds even more gravity because the US-Japan mutual defense treaty obligates Washington to defend the islands as if they are American territory.

The US has been steadfast in that commitment, as echoed in Schneider’s comments on Monday.

In July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo included the Senkakus dispute as one of the areas in the Indo-Pacific where he said China was “instigating territorial disputes” as part of a pattern of “bullying” its Asian neighbors.

So the huge US and Japanese military presence in the Pacific this week adds visual heft to statements that Tokyo and Washington stand united over the Senkakus and beyond.

The fleets include some 9,000 US troops, a US aircraft carrier strike group, more than 100 US military aircraft, more than 37,000 Japanese troops, a flotilla of 20 Japan Maritime Self Defense Force warships, 100 Japanese military planes, plus a frigate from Canada — all focused on landing large forces on islands around Okinawa, 250 miles (400 kilometers) to the east of the Senkakus.

Since becoming Japanese Prime Minister in September, Yoshihide Suga has been pushing Japan’s support for a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” He’s overseen Japanese naval deployments to the South China Sea — which Beijing claims almost in its entirety — visiting both Vietnam and Indonesia to strengthen Japanese ties with those countries that also have claims in the vast waterway. Suga has also reaffirmed defense ties with India and Australia, which along with the US and Japan are known as “the Quad.”

While not a formal military alliance like NATO, the Quad is seen by some as a potential counterweight to growing Chinese influence and alleged aggression in Asia-Pacific. The collation has been denounced by Beijing as an anti-China bloc.

Naval forces from all four Quad nations will participate in the large-scale Malabar military exercises in the Indian Ocean next month.

But first China’s eye will likely be focused on what’s happening with Keen Sword.

A statement from the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said the US and Japanese forces “will train in a comprehensive scenario designed to exercise the critical capabilities required to support the defense of Japan and respond to a crisis or contingency in the Indo-Pacific region.”

The troops “will exercise a wide range of warfighting capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility and capability of the US and Japanese militaries,” the Pacific Fleet statement said.

Photos released by the US Navy on Monday showed 16 US, Japanese and Canadian warships sailing in formation in the Philippine Sea as Keen Sword began.

‘Deterrent value’

The large-scale exercises have strong “deterrent value” toward China, said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center.

“They show (island) seizure is not going to be cheap or unchallenged,” he said.

Corey Wallace, an assistant professor focusing on Japanese foreign policy at Kanagawa University, said the exercises are displaying new levels of interoperability between the Japanese and US militaries.

The US will land MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft on Japan’s largest warship, the JS Kaga, said Wallace. And it could be just a glimpse of what the two militaries might do in the future with their stealth fighters.

“This speaks to the intensifying nature of the amphibious exercises but also the future possibilities for further cross-decking, perhaps first with US F-35Bs on Japanese ships, and later, possibly Japanese F-35Bs on American amphibious vessels,” Wallace said. “Demonstrating interoperability between the two forces in realistic scenarios is as important, if not more so, than displaying any shiny new hardware.”

Meanwhile, with much less fanfare, China’s People’s Liberation Army is in the midst of two sets of military exercises in the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea, according to a posting on the PLA’s official English language website. The nature of the exercises was not disclosed.

Those exercises, scheduled to end on November 10 and October 30, respectively, are just the latest in a busy few months for China’s military, which has recently had as many as five exercises running simultaneously.

CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki contributed to this report.

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British study shows evidence of waning immunity to Covid-19

A study of hundreds of thousands of people across England suggests immunity to the coronavirus is gradually wearing off — at least according to one measure.

Researchers who sent out home finger-prick tests to more than 365,000 randomly selected people in England found a more than 26% decline in Covid-19 antibodies over just three months.

“We observe a significant decline in the proportion of the population with detectable antibodies over three rounds of national surveillance, using a self-administered lateral flow test, 12, 18 and 24 weeks after the first peak of infections in England,” the team wrote in a pre-print version of their report, released before peer review.
“This is consistent with evidence that immunity to seasonal coronaviruses declines over 6 to 12 months after infection and emerging data on SARS-CoV-2 that also detected a decrease over time in antibody levels in individuals followed in longitudinal studies.”

The study was published Monday by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, a market research company. At the beginning of the study, in June, 6% of those who took the tests had IgG antibody responses to the coronavirus, they reported. By September, just 4.4% of them did. For health care workers, the rates stayed about the same.

Antibodies are the proteins your body naturally generates to fight infection. IgG are one type — the tests were not designed to detect other types of antibodies. Other research teams have found that other types of antibodies may persist longer than IgG does.

The results also confirm earlier studies that showed that people who did not have symptoms of Covid-19 are likely to lose detectable antibodies sooner rather than those who had more severe infections.

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White House implements social distancing measures at Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a rally during the last full week of campaigning before the presidential election on October 26, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Even as President Trump seeks to use Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court as a political win, the issue hasn’t been as prominent during his rallies as some of his advisers had hoped.

On Monday, it took Trump 51 minutes to mention Barrett during his rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was a similar story in Lititz, where Trump didn’t mention his third Supreme Court nomination until 54 minutes into his speech.

Trump raised the issue earlier on in his speech in Martinsburg. But generally the Supreme Court nomination has taken a backseat in his campaign speech and his political messaging.

Trump raised the nomination more often when it was in the news, including in September when crowds chanted “fill that seat” at Trump’s rallies. 

But since then it’s been replaced by issues like Trump’s gripes with the media, his attacks on Joe Biden and the litany of grievances against his opponents.

Some of the President’s political allies wish he would use the nomination more to galvanize supporters. They see the issue as overwhelmingly positive for Trump and question why it’s not being used more on the campaign trail.

When she was nominated, some even suggested Barrett would act in appearances as another running mate for the President.

But on the campaign trail, Trump has made his rallies mostly about himself — leaving little room in the spotlight for anyone else. 

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Charles Schwab plans to layoff 1,000 employees following TD Ameritrade merger

“We have begun notifying individuals that their roles have been eliminated and they will be leaving the firm,” the Schwab Executive Council wrote in a statement to employees. “This will result in a reduction of approximately 1,000 positions or about 3% of the combined workforce of Charles Schwab (SCHW) and TD Ameritrade.”

Schwab declined to comment on which teams and roles will be eliminated.

The job cuts will be the only company-wide reductions in 2020, and the firm said it will “continue to hire in strategic areas critical to support our growing client base.”

Employees who lost their jobs will be given early access to new and open positions within the company. They’ll also be treated as internal candidates for the roles, but only within a 60-day notice period. The Schwab Executive Council said the company has more than 1,000 positions open.

Last year, Charles Schwab agreed to buy TD Ameritrade for $26 billion. Together, the brokerage firms have roughly 28 million customer accounts with more than $6 trillion in client assets. At the time, Schwab and TD Ameritrade had combined annual revenue of about $25 billion.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the number of customer accounts and amount of client assets of the combined company.

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Immunity to Covid-19 wanes, British study finds

Researchers who sent out home finger-prick tests to more than 365,000 randomly selected people in England found a more than 26% decline in Covid-19 antibodies over just three months.

“We observe a significant decline in the proportion of the population with detectable antibodies over three rounds of national surveillance, using a self-administered lateral flow test, 12, 18 and 24 weeks after the first peak of infections in England,” the team wrote in a pre-print version of their report, released before peer review.

“This is consistent with evidence that immunity to seasonal coronaviruses declines over 6 to 12 months after infection and emerging data on SARS-CoV-2 that also detected a decrease over time in antibody levels in individuals followed in longitudinal studies,”

The study was published Monday by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI, a market research company. At the beginning of the study, in June, 6% of those who took the tests had IgG antibody responses to the coronavirus, they reported. By September, just 4.4% of them did. For health care workers, the rates stayed about the same.

Antibodies are the proteins your body naturally generates to fight infection. IgG are one type – the tests were not designed to detect other types of antibodies. Other research teams have found that other types of antibodies may persist longer than IgG does.

The results also confirm earlier studies that showed that people who did not have symptoms of Covid-19 are likely to lose detectable antibodies sooner rather than those who had more severe infections.

Younger people who had recovered from Covid-19 had a slower loss of antibodies, compared to people older than 75 who had survived an infection, the researchers found.

Still, not enough is known to determine if antibodies provide any effective level of immunity to Covid-19, or how long people may be immune to reinfection with the coronavirus.

Some infections, such as measles, cause what’s known as sterilizing immunity. People infected once have antibodies that can be detected for many years after infection.

With coronaviruses, scientists know less. It’s also unclear what contribution T cell immunity and the body’s memory responses to threats like Covid-19 will play in providing protection if someone is exposed again to the novel coronavirus. More research is needed to better understand the ongoing risks of reinfection.

The study has limits. The samples were not taken from the same people over and over again, but from different people over time. It’s possible people who had been exposed to the coronavirus were less likely to take part over time and that may have skewed the numbers, researchers said.

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“This very large study has shown that the proportion of people with detectable antibodies is falling over time,” Helen Ward, who is on the faculty of medicine at the school of public health at Imperial College London, said in a statement.

“We don’t yet know whether this will leave these people at risk of reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19, but it is essential that everyone continues to follow guidance to reduce the risk to themselves and others,” added Ward, who worked on the study.

Earlier national prevalence surveys that determined how many people have had Covid19 in Iceland recorded a durable antibody response over four months from the time of infection. Other studies have shown that different factors may impact how quickly antibodies decline. Age, co-morbidities, and the initial severity of illness all seem to play a role.
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The UK’s Health Minister, Lord James Bethell, called the study a “critical piece of research” that could help inform the British government how to take the right action to control the spread of Covid-19.

“It is also important that everyone knows what this means for them — this study will help in our fight against the virus, but testing positive for antibodies does not mean you are immune to Covid-19,” Bethell said in a news release. “Regardless of the result of an antibody test, everyone must continue to comply with government guidelines including social distancing, self-isolating and getting a test if you have symptoms and always remember Hands, Face, Space.”

Dr. Claudia Hoyen, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases at University Hospitals of Cleveland, thought the study was interesting and encouraging, since it suggests that at least where antibodies are concerned, this coronavirus acts like other coronaviruses. As with a cold, antibodies wane and people can get a cold more than once. Also as with a cold, people with robust immune systems, typically younger people, typically don’t see as quick a drop in antibodies as with people with older immune systems.

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“This study is really like the first piece of the puzzle that actually gives us the indication that, yes, these antibodies don’t seem to stick around for everybody,” Hoyen said. “At least in this case, this virus is sort of acting like we can predict, which is a good thing because everything about this virus has been so off the wall.” Hoyen said the study also “cements the fact that we’re going to be in masks for a while.”

“I know that we’re all hoping that this is going to end soon, but I just don’t think it will,” she said.

“I think the sooner we resolve ourselves to the fact that this is what we have to do to get through this, we can accept it and move on. This data clearly shows that your antibodies go away. So just because you have had it once, doesn’t make you’ immune and it also means you can be contagious again.”

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Stocks tumble as Covid-19 cases surge and stimulus is nowhere to be found

US stocks sold off all day, from the opening to the closing bell, and the selloff just gathered pace during the trading session.

The Dow (INDU) closed down 650 points, or 2.3%, after falling as many as 965 points at its low point. All Dow stocks closed in the red except Apple, which eked out a .01% gain. It was the Dow’s worst day since September 3.
The S&P 500 (SPX) — the broadest measure of the US stock market — closed down 1.9%, making it the index’s worst day since late September.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite (COMP), which had briefly bounced back from its lows in the morning, finished down 1.6%.

Energy, industrials and financials stocks are the among the worst performers of the day. Those sectors that are more sensitive to the economy and the pace of the recovery felt more pain Monday, said said Eric Freedman, CIO at US Bank. But there were losses across all sectors.

What’s the deal with this selloff?

There’s a lot for investors to grapple with: The election is only eight days away, Congress hasn’t reached a deal on a new stimulus package and the first look at how the economy fared in the third quarter will be reported on Thursday. Big Tech companies will report earnings this week as well, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR).

While earnings will inject volatility in the tech sector, “on a more macro level, ongoing US stalemate over US fiscal stimulus and the rapidly spreading Covid-19 is going to determine the direction for the wider markets,” said Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst at Think Markets, in a note.

The ever-slimming chance of a new stimulus package before next week’s election isn’t a new factor for the market. And yet it has been a big driver of the action over the past weeks, even as nothing has really changed as a result of recent negotiations.

So what changed?

“I think the big difference this time around [is]…there’s been a tremendous amount of hope baked into the market for quite a while, and we saw some things over this weekend that hit those assumptions hard,” Brad McMillan, CIO of Commonwealth Financial Network, told CNN Business.

On Sunday the US hit a new record for average daily coronavirus cases. And the passing of the weekend dimmed hopes of a new stimulus deal, which is unlikely to get the needed votes in the Senate as Election Day approaches.

Absent economic stimulus, the US recession could “double dip” — a second wave of uncertainty and strife as coronavirus cases soar and businesses are forced to shut their doors. The prospects of having to lock down again are scary for economists and investors alike.

In Europe, the virus is spreading so quickly again that governments have brought back various restrictions. European markets finished in the red across the board.

How we got here

It’s been a roller coaster year for stocks. The three major indexes have rallied back — helped by hopes over government spending — after an ugly September, when tech stocks led a plunge nearly into correction territory.

The S&P is still about 5% above its late-September low, for example, even with Monday’s selloff.

McMillan said Monday’s downturn isn’t investors selling out of sheer panic, but rather a healthy repricing that more accurately reflects the state of the many situations afoot.

“There’s still a fair bit of cushion in prices even after today’s selloff,” he added.

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The best dandruff shampoos according to derms

(CNN) —  

When you look good, you feel good, but even on your best day a flaky scalp can be an immediate buzzkill.

This dryness, flakiness and itchiness, otherwise known as dandruff, is most commonly caused by seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that is due to an overgrowth of yeast. “This is a harmless yeast that lives on us, but due to a person’s body chemistry, it can overgrow on the scalp, ears, eyebrows or nose,” says Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu. “When there’s an overgrowth of yeast, your body develops an inflammatory response that creates an itching, flaking or redness.” This isn’t the only cause of dandruff, though. Those symptoms can also be due to product buildup, allergic reactions, seasonality or medical conditions like psoriasis.

A common misconception with dandruff is that it is due to dry hair, but that isn’t quite the case. Wu explains that with seborrheic dermatitis, yeast feeds on the oils we all produce, causing an overproduction that leads to dandruff. She sees patients who think their scalp is dry, so they use more oil when they should be doing the opposite. The oil works in the short-term to mask the flakiness, but the symptoms come back because the yeast eats up the oils. “We often see this in people with oilier hair or who don’t wash their hair as frequently,” she says.

According to Dr. Sumayah Jamal, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, eliminating oils from your routine isn’t necessarily the answer. “There are plenty of approaches that can maintain moisture in the hair while controlling yeast production,” she explains. Your hair texture and quality, along with your hair care routine, determine what kind of treatment might work best. However, it is important to remember that dandruff is not something we can get rid of completely. “Because it’s linked to yeast that’s part of our natural skin flora, we can’t get rid of that,” she says. “Some people have very mild dandruff with intermittent flaring, but some people require ongoing treatment that can’t be cured.”

Both Jamal and Wu recommend trying over-the-counter dandruff shampoos first to treat your symptoms. Ingredients like pyrithione zinc and ketoconazole are effective in killing yeast, and common in a lot of shampoo treatments. If you have dry or coarse hair, be sure to look for a shampoo that won’t take away too much moisture.

As Wu says, nowadays our hair care is more important than ever to help us feel more confident, considering we typically cover most of our faces with masks, and we have to agree. If you’re on the market for the best dandruff shampoos for your best hair day yet, check out our top-rated picks below.

Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo ($14.84, originally $17.17; amazon.com)

Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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If you go to the dermatologist about treating your dandruff, they’ll likely tell you to try this shampoo. In fact, this was recommended by both of our experts because it’s the over-the-counter version of what doctors prescribe patients with more severe cases. Nizoral contains 1% of the active ingredient ketoconazole to help prevent dandruff flare-ups (the prescription is typically 2%). Nearly 17,000 reviewers on Amazon are impressed with its ability to treat symptoms after just a few uses at a pretty affordable cost.

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo ($4.95, originally $7.59; amazon.com)

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo

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This T/Gel shampoo by Neutrogena lives up to its name by providing therapeutic relief of itchiness and flaking. According to Jamal, it’s known to reduce inflammation because it contains coal tar extract. It’s gentle yet formulated to keep working even once you rinse it out. Beyond dandruff, it also works well for people with scalp psoriasis and more severe seborrheic dermatitis. Reviewers aren’t quite fans of the smell but think it’s worth it for the exceptional results.

Harry’s Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner ($7; harrys.com)

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Harry’s Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner

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This new 2-in-1 by Harry’s will be a game changer for those super-flaky days when you need quick relief. For less than $10, you can get the anti-dandruff formula that contains pyrithione zinc to fight even your toughest flakes. The shampoo even comes in three different strengths (with slightly different formulas) — dry scalp, anti-dandruff and extra-strength anti-dandruff — to best suit your concerns.

Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo ($3.44, originally $4.88; walmart.com)

Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Dove DermaCare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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We can personally attest to how effective the Dove DermaCare collection is for fighting stubborn dandruff. This Dryness & Itch Relief shampoo is, again, formulated with pyrithione zinc to properly care for your dandruff and the symptoms that accompany it. For under $5, you can rid yourself of a flaky scalp as you lather to the soothing smells of coconut and shea butter.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleansing Shampoo ($11.49; target.com)

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleansing Shampoo

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Jamal advises that those with color-treated hair should avoid products that contain the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Essentially, these can be too strong and strip your hair of the color or nutrients it needs. She recommends this African black soap cleansing shampoo by Shea Moisture. It’s made with tea tree oil and willow bark extract for a deep clean that removes buildup while calming the scalp without damaging your color. Reviewers also love it because it controls oil without drying out your hair.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum ($32; sephora.com)

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum

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Wu recommends this scalp treatment serum because of the charcoal and tea tree oil. “Charcoal is good for oilier hair. It helps absorb dirt and oil,” she explains. The charcoal can remove buildup, while the mix of tea tree, peppermint and aloe works to reduce itchiness and soothe the scalp.

This vegan, cruelty-free treatment is super light, so it won’t cause buildup. She advises that if you’re looking for a scalp treatment in between shampoos, choose a serum, not an oil, unless it’s tea tree oil.

Head & Shoulders Deep Moisture Daily Shampoo ($5.99; target.com)

Head & Shoulders Deep Moisture Daily Shampoo

Head & Shoulders Deep Moisture Daily Shampoo

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According to Wu, this shampoo by dandruff-fighting legend Head & Shoulders is great for those with dry hair. This contains 1% pyrithione zinc, which controls yeast but is also infused with avocado oil to bring nourishment to your every strand. Jamal also notes that this shampoo is safe for color-treated hair as well.

Head & Shoulders Royal Oils Instant Soothe Scalp Elixir ($9.88, originally $10.99; amazon.com)

Head & Shoulders Royal Oils Instant Soothe Scalp Elixir

Head & Shoulders Royal Oils Instant Soothe Scalp Elixir

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Branching off its legacy of treating dandruff, Head & Shoulders created the Royal Oils line to address the specific scalp needs of those with curly hair. Each product is designed with hydration in mind, to maintain moisture while relieving symptoms of flaky and dry scalps. This scalp elixir is a standout product of the line, recommended by both of our dermatologists, as a way for those with natural hair to treat their concerns between washes. It contains anti-inflammatory ingredients like niacinamide, menthol and peppermint oil to help relieve itchiness after each use.

Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo Bar ($15.99; amazon.com)

Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo Bar

Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo Bar

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Trying to be more conscious of how much plastic you’re buying and disposing? A shampoo bar is your solution. The Heali Kiwi shampoo bar by Ethique is a favorite for both its commitment to zero-waste beauty and for its ability to comfort touchy scalps. The bar contains oatmeal, coconut oil, neem oil and karanja oil to resolve itchiness without weighing down your hair.

Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub With Sea Salt (starting at $19; sephora.com)

Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub With Sea Salt

Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub With Sea Salt

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Reviewers can’t seem to get enough of this scalp scrub by Christophe Robin. The scrub works with sea salt to remove residue on the scalp while using sweet almond oil to soothe sensitivity or itchiness. Wu recommends those with oily hair use a scalp scrub in between shampoos. And although this scrub is meant to be used as a shampoo, she advises only to use a scrub once or twice per week to not overexacerbate the skin.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo ($18.70, originally $22.02; amazon.com)

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

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If you’re looking for a more natural shampoo to treat your dandruff, a tea tree oil-based shampoo might be worth a shot. Although it may not be as effective as a zinc shampoo treatment, Wu shares that the oil has anti-yeast effects to balance out the scalp. She recommends Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo, a well-loved option to thoroughly cleanse the scalp, leaving it with that tingling sensation that cools and soothes.

Ouai Detox Shampoo (starting at $30; sephora.com and nordstrom.com)

Ouai Detox Shampoo

Ouai Detox Shampoo

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Apple cider vinegar is another natural ingredient known to help treat dandruff, and it’s a key ingredient of Ouai’s Detox Shampoo. According to Wu, ACV has antimicrobial properties to help remove yeast and is acidic enough to eliminate dead skin cells. However, in most cases, it’s not strong enough to properly control yeast like pyrithione zinc. So if you’re experiencing milder flakiness, this formula works with keratin and chelating agents to literally detox your hair while strengthening it. Better yet, it doesn’t contain SLS, meaning it’s safe for color-treated hair.

Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo ($39.10, originally $46; amazon.com and nordstrom.com)

Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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Let’s go ahead and state the obvious that this Oribe bottle will look Insta-worthy in your shower. Luckily, form matches function, because according to reviewers, this anti-dandruff shampoo is as great at relieving your scalp problems as it is beautiful. Sulfate-free and formulated with salicylic acid, this shampoo can break down dead skin cells, reduce itchiness and gently cleanse for a healthy head of hair. It also contains caffeine to energize hair follicles and different extracts that can help protect against breakage and damage.

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New Uber Eats perks on American Express cards

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As travel restrictions drag on into 2021, American Express continues to proactively introduce temporary “at home” benefits on its travel cards. On Monday, the issuer unveiled its latest additions, which enlarge its already existing partnership with Uber and its Uber Eats division.

Starting today, card members with the American Express® Green Card, the American Express® Gold Card or The Platinum Card® from American Express will get a complimentary Uber Eats Pass membership for up to 12 months. Card members must enroll by December 31, 2021.

Eats Pass is a monthly Uber Eats subscription service that offers unlimited $0 delivery fee and 5% off restaurant orders over $15, as well as a $0 delivery fee on grocery deliveries over $30 in select markets. The Eats Pass membership normally costs $9.99 per month, so this new complimentary benefit is potentially worth as much as $119 if you can utilize it in your area.

In addition, a new permanent Uber-related benefit will soon launch on the American Express Gold card. Starting early next year, card members with the Amex Gold will receive up to $120 annually in Uber Cash, which can be used on Uber Eats orders or domestic Uber rides. The Uber Cash will be available in increments of $10 each month for each of the 12 months of the year.

This new Uber Cash benefit is likely intended to replace the up to $100 airline fee credit that currently comes with the Gold card. American Express recently confirmed that it intends to end the airline fee credit on the Amex Gold starting in January 2022. However, the benefit remains on the card for next year, which means Gold card members will get both the airline fee credit and the Uber Cash benefit in 2021.

If you don’t already have an American Express Gold card, now’s an ideal time to take a look at it. That’s because right now new card applicants can earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on the card in the first six months after opening the account, which is the highest welcome bonus we’ve ever seen publicly available on the Amex Gold.

Related: Earn a highest-ever 60,000 bonus points with this American Express Gold offer.

Right now new card members can get the highest welcome bonus we’ve ever seen on the American Express Gold card.

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The Amex Gold already comes with up to $120 in annual dining credits, which are similarly broken into increments of $10 each month, and can be used at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boxed and participating Shake Shack locations.

You’ll also earn 4 points for every dollar you spend with the Amex Gold at restaurants worldwide as well as at US supermarkets for up to $25,000 in purchases per calendar year (then 1 point per dollar thereafter). You’ll get 3 points per dollar on flights booked directly with the airlines, and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases.

While the Amex Gold isn’t a cheap card at $250 per year, if you can use all of the dining credits and all of the Uber Cash, you’re getting up to $240 in credits each year from those two benefits alone. And for 2021, you’ll also have access to the airline fee credit, so you can actually make money from this card for the first year you have it if you get it now.

Start earning bonus rewards at restaurants and US supermarkets with the American Express Gold card.

However, if the Amex Gold is too pricey for you, you might consider the Amex Green card. It has a lower $150 annual fee, and in addition to the new complimentary Uber Eats Pass membership, it comes with up to $100 in annual Clear credits as well as up to $100 in annual LoungeBuddy airport lounge credits. The Amex Green also earns 3 points per dollar on travel and at restaurants worldwide (including takeout and delivery), and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases.

And if you expect to be traveling a lot in 2021 once travel gets back to normal, you can take a look at the Amex Platinum. It’s a card that’s designed for road warriors, so in addition to the new complimentary Uber Eats Pass membership, it has a lot of luxury travel perks, such as up to $200 in annual airline fee credits, up to $200 in Uber Cash, up to $100 in Saks Fifth Avenue credits and access to the American Express Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs (when flying Delta) and Priority Pass lounges around the world as well as a slew of other benefits.

Related: Read CNN Underscored’s review of the American Express Platinum card.

At $550 a year, you’ll be putting out a lot of money for the Amex Platinum card. But the travel perks can easily pay for themselves if you can use them, and the card can make flying a little bit easier, especially if you’re looking for an airport lounge while you’re traveling during these stressful times.

The new Amex complimentary Uber Eats Pass membership can save you money.

The new Amex complimentary Uber Eats Pass membership can save you money.

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Many people have come to rely more on food delivery services during the pandemic, so if you find yourself using Uber Eats even once or twice a month, the new complimentary Eats Pass membership should save you some money. It’s a welcome addition to the trio of Amex personal charge cards, especially since it can be difficult to use some of the travel-related benefits of those cards at the moment.

You also have until December 31 of next year to activate the membership, so if you aren’t using food delivery at the moment, you can hold off on enrolling until sometime next year when you can take better advantage of it. But we’re guessing most people will be best able to utilize it in the near future, so if you have an Amex Green, Gold or Platinum personal card, make sure to activate your new Uber Eats Pass starting today.

For more info on the new American Express Uber Eats benefits and to enroll, go to americanexpress.com/uber.

Learn more about the American Express Gold Card.
Learn more about the American Express Green Card.
Learn more about the Platinum Card from American Express.

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